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More Flowers in January

HELLEBORE!

There hasn’t been too much snow in this New England winter so you won’t have to search very hard. You’ll find them blossoming quite naturally and heartily right through the soft snow. The flower is so hearty in fact, that the petals remain on the flower for months! Yes, it is needless-to-say, hellebore are highly valued by gardeners for their winter and early spring flowering period; the plants are surprisingly frost-resistant. Many species of hellebore are ever-green or have a chartreuse or greenish-purple flowers.

 

 

 

While they are commonly mistaken for wild roses, the hellebore is in the Ranunculacae family and has five petals. Some species are poisonous and several legends surround the flower. During the Siege of Kirrha in 585 BC, the flower was reportedly used by the Greek besiegers to poison the city’s water supply. The defenders were subsequently so weakened by diarrhea that they were unable to defend the city from assault. Who’d have thought such a sweet and lovely specimen could cause such damage!?

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Snowdrops in January!

Always an early bloomer (and a welcome sight), we spotted these confused little Snowdrops poking through the ivy in January! Part of the Amaryllis family, “Galanthus” translates to “milk-white flower” in Latin and is a worthwhile investment to any garden. Planted in large clusters, snowdrops have a dramatic effect and you won’t have to worry about deer or rodents getting to them.

Here at Jean Brooks Landscapes, we use Snowdrops in rock gardens, under trees and shrubs, in lawns, or along woodland paths. Maybe you’ve passed on them in the past for their simplicity but there are actually over 75 varieties of Galanthus so think again. You will be richly rewarded…

After a long New England winter, nothing matches the excitement of getting a glimpse of the first flower which is more likely than not, a sweet little snowdrop.